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Shadowcrew fraudsters plead guilty

by Nikola Strahija on November 21st, 2005 A total of twelve people, of all together 28 charged for trading in stolen personal information and credit card details via the notorious Shadowcrew web site, pleaded guilty. The charges were a product of a large undercover investigation, codenamed Operation Firewall, carried out by the US Secret Service.


Shadowcrew.com, a members-only underground web site, became an online marketplace for credit card fraudsters and counterfeit identification document forgers. Shadowcrew members allegedly trafficked in at least 1.7m stolen credit card numbers and caused total losses in excess of $4m.

Victims of this carding activity included banks and credit card companies, who bore the brunt of losses, as well as consumers whose identities and credit histories were damaged by identity theft.

Credit and debit card details, once secured through these phishing scams, were used to fraudulently buy goods which were subsequently laundered through online auction sites.

Shadowcrew members are expected to be sentenced between mid-February and mid-March 2006.


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